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CMS6-Unit 8 Vocab

CMS6-Unit 8 Vocabulary Review

Autocracy A system in which all of the power is held by one person. In this system of government, the ruler has absolute or unlimited power.
Confederation A group of states or nations that retain most power while granting limited authority to a central government.
Constitutional monarchy A system of government in which a king or queen acts as the head of state, while laws are enacted by a parliament elected by voters. Canada is a constitutional monarchy.
Democracy A system of government in which a nation’s citizens vote for their leaders.
Federal system of government A system in which individual states share authority with a central government. Examples include Canada and the United States.
Federation A form of government in which sovereign power is formally divided between a central authority and a number of constituent regions (states, colonies, or provinces) so that each region retains some management of its internal affairs. Example- Canada.
French and English influence Canada was originally made up of colonies of France and England. As a result, the majority of the provinces within the nation speak English, while one, Quebec, speaks French. They also established Christianity, mostly Catholicism, in Canada.
Oligarchy A system in which a small and powerful group controls the government.
Quebec A province located in the east-central part of Canada. Predominantly French-speaking, it has sought independence from Canada at several points to preserve its cultural heritage.
Parliamentary system of government A democratic form of government in which voters choose representatives to a governing body called a parliament. Canada is governed under a parliamentary system.
Presidential system of government A republican form of government in which voters choose a president to lead the executive branch of government, which is separate from other branches.
Unitary system of government A system in which an entire country is ruled by a single government. Power is not shared between the central government and smaller states the way that it is in a federal system.
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